After apology, Philly among many Jackie Robinson tributes

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 7:33 PM

When Robinson'south Brooklyn Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies in one thousand nine hundred forty-seventh, he was told to "go back to the cotton fields" by the Phillies' manager, refused service at a local hotel and taunted by players with racial slurs when he came to bat.

After apology, Philly among many Jackie Robinson tributes

As cities across the country honored Jackie Robinson'south pioneering baseball career, one also apologized for its racist treatment of Major League Baseball'south first black player nearly seventy years ago.

When Robinson'south Brooklyn Dodgers played the Philadelphia Phillies in one thousand nine hundred forty-seventh, he was told to "go back to the cotton fields" by the Phillies' manager, refused service at a local hotel and taunted by players with racial slurs when he came to bat. On Friday, Philadelphia'south city council publicly acknowledged the incident as a shadowy chapter in the city'south history.

"He faced tremendous racism in our city," Councilwoman Helen Gym said. "It was something he never forgot ... but neither should we."

April fifteen is recognized nationally as Jackie Robinson Day, and ballparks around the country are also celebrating the sixty-ninth anniversary of the day he broke the league'south color barrier in one thousand nine hundred forty-seventh. Robinson played for the Dodgers until 1956.

All MLB players, managers, coaches and umpires wore his No. forty-two for games. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, at Yankee Stadium for the Seattle-New York game, said he was in his office earlier in the day and saw CO playing the Cubs on television, with everyone wearing the same number.

"It'south a fixed reminder that today'south different," Manfred said.

Gym presented a resolution , passed by the council latest month, before about one hundred children, city leaders and Robinson fans — some wearing his No. forty-two Dodgers jersey — gathered at the Philadelphia Stars Negro League Memorial Park. Among them was 79-year-old Carolyn Mitchell, who saw Robinson play as a girl.

Mitchell, who's black, said Friday'south ceremony was "very meaningful" and that passing by the park gave her back fond memories of watching baseball growing up. The youngest of eight children and her parents' only daughter, Mitchell took to sports early and saw Robinson play in Philadelphia in the early 1950s.

"He was unbelievable," she recalled, smiling. "He could running love crazy. He used to like to steal bases."

In Los Angeles, where the Dodgers played their first game in one thousand nine hundred fifty-eighth, Robinson'south widow, Rachel, and daughter Sharon were portion of a pregame ceremony at Chavez Ravine - where the club first retired Robinson'south uniform no on June four, one thousand nine hundred seventy-second.

Rachel Robinson was escorted to the mound by Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson and Corridor of Famer Frank Robinson, the first black manager in baseball history. The former Cincinnati Reds and Baltimore Orioles slugger threw a ceremonial first pitch to Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts, who this year became the first minority manager in franchise history.

In Philadelphia, Robinson'south skill for basestealing is depicted in a mural on the city'south N finish painted nearly a decade ago in his honor. Walking close the mural on Friday afternoon with her 10-year-old daughter Nate, Tikeena Harris explained that blacks and whites didn't used to play sports together.

Tommy Keels, who lived nearby and passes the mural regularly, said Robinson was a groundbreaker who represented his race well.

"I lived through Jim Crow," said Keels, sixty, who's from Miami. "I was raised in the South. I experienced a lot of things I know he did on a monumental scale."

Jackie Robinson'south teammate and roommate Don Newcombe says his companion deserves all the accolades.

"The world owes him whatever they can declare about him and do about him that's good, because he was a grand man," the former Brooklyn pitcher told the AP on Friday while the Dodgers were taking batting practice.

"I was with him, I roomed with him, he was my excellent friend, my excellent buddy, and I loved him. I still like him today love he was still here," said Newcombe, who was the first black pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year award in one thousand nine hundred forty-ninth. "I recollect Jackie sitting me and Roy Campanella down one day in Roy'south apt and he told us: 'I can't do it without you. I necessity you. And one day, we're going to modify the letter I in bitter to an east for better.' And he became so right. God bless him."

Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully, who was there for Robinson'south career in Brooklyn, said Robinson's "self-control below some pressurized circumstances was remarkable."

"We all knew that that fire of competitiveness was always on high, and he wasn't always welcomed. But he overcame all of that," Scully said. "That, to me was the most remarkable thing — how controlled he was with all the hell that was running around him. He took a lot of abuse, but kept his jaw tight. He'd to be an different man, and he was."

Orlando Hudson, a 12-year veteran who played second base for the Dodgers in two thousand-ninth, still has a couple of framed No. forty-two jerseys hanging in his home, along with a photo of himself and Rachel Robinson — among his most treasured souvenirs from his playing career.

"Being an African-American male, playing the same position with the Dodgers that he did and wearing number forty-two on this day, you can't obtain better than that," said Hudson, who presently works for the AZ Diamondbacks and has done some speaking engagements with Robinson'south widow over the years.

Robinson died at fifty-third in 1972, a decade after he became the first black player inducted into the Corridor of Fame.

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